Pebble Shower Flooring: Ahhh or Ouch?

Posted by Courtney on Dec 4, 2014 9:04:46 PM
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By Kaitlyn DeVries, Kaufman Construction Interior Design Coordinator.

I find the beauty of natural stone, wood, marble, quartz, or granite to be unmatched in comparison to lower-end products that I call “natural wannabes,” such as LVT, laminate countertops, or tile that looks like wood. BUT… there is one instance where I do prefer the natural wannabe to the natural product: shower floors made of porcelain tile that resembles pebbles instead of natural river rock.

Many homeowners considering pebble flooring love the look but have reservations, and I can see why! Some pebble floors require resealing a couple times a year. That’s a lot of maintenance. Not fun! Another concern: OUCH - those uneven stones can hurt! You may have heard that river rocks are amazing for the feet and feel like a foot spa massage, but I disagree.

An example of what NOT to install.
 
An example of what NOT to install.
 

Your master bathroom is a great place to bring in natural elements to create a serene, spa-like atmosphere to promote relaxation. Porcelain tile resembling river rock is a great way to get the look of pebbles with less maintenance and more comfort.

Below are two Kaufman Construction projects featuring this type of tile. The small format tile has great traction. With the proper grout, the flat/sliced finish doesn’t hurt feet, as the tile is on the same plane, making it level and smooth. This porcelain tile is a great way to add color variation and visual interest. Also, the tile sheets fit together seamlessly when installed so there’s less opportunity for scum buildup.

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Some other fun ideas for your shower floor:

 

Premium Carrera white marble random round pieces mounted on 12" x 12" sturdy mesh tile sheet.
 
Premium Carrera white marble random round pieces mounted on 12" x 12" sturdy mesh tile sheet.

 

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Like fun shapes, but still not loving the pebble look? Try marble hexagons! Classic.
 
 
Gorgeous SLICED wooden grey tile that creates a completely flat walking surface and gives a great earthy feel to any space. Perfect for: shower, bathroom floor, general flooring, backsplashes, swimming pools, patios, or the kitchen!
 
Gorgeous SLICED wooden grey tile that creates a completely flat walking surface and gives a great earthy feel to any space. Perfect for: shower, bathroom floor, general flooring, backsplashes, swimming pools, patios, or the kitchen!

 

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